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Match Review Europa League 79

Juventus 0-0 Benfica: The Heartbreaker

The European journey of 2013/2014 Juventus is over. Lima late stunner at Da Luz eliminated Juventus. The performance at Juventus Stadium was right as it should have been: gritty and convinced. Unfortunately, this didn’t translate into a goal. Juventus had some chances, but we didn’t have any clear-cut chance.

Benfica’s defense was spot on, in particular Luisao, who dominated in the box. Juventus tried with what they are accustomed to do: change of side, cuts by wingbacks and midfielders, Llorente’s distribution, Tevez playmaking outside the box, but couldn’t find the right opening.

Benfica went down to ten men and Conte switched to 4-3-3, but Juve didn’t look as dangerous as with 3-5-2, also because they probably run out of gas. Hats off to Benfica, but it is devastating to exit like this, knowing that we would have had the unique opportunity to play the final at home.

Buffon: 6. He didn’t need to do much, he rushed well on Rodrigo.

Caceres: 6.5. He controlled well his area, he had the final chance to score but Oblak denied his header.

Bonucci: 6.5. Good defending, he misplaced less passes than the previous games.

Chiellini: 6.5. Usual Chiello physically dominating performance.

Lichsteiner: 5.5. He run a lot, but that missed control when he was wide open late in the game is costly.

Pogba: 7. Best Pogba in ages, flashy, powerful, maybe he had to shoot more.

Pirlo: 6. He distributed well, but in big games you always expect The Play from players as majestic as he is.

Vidal: 6.5. The first half was very Vidal-esque, many tackles, energetic. He faded as the time passed.

Asamoah: 6. In multiple occasions, he had the chance to cross the perfect ball, but failed.

Tevez: 6.5. Scrappy, pugnacious, he shot a lot and was the last one to give up.

Llorente: 5. Strikers are usually judged by goals, today he never had the chance to bury it.

Giovinco: 5.5. He wandered around the pitch, but didn’t produce much.

Marchisio: 6. He brought some energy and some clever passing.

Osvaldo: 6. He did his job, but Pogba was offside.

Juventus 0-0 Benfica: The Heartbreaker
May 3, 2014
5.5/10
Juventus have played a lot worse than this, but they almost always found a way to score. Oblak and Luisao saved Benfica a couple of times, but I think tonight we failed to create super dangerous chances, to put a man one on one with the goalkeeper or free to shoot in the box, even though we went close to a goal. We didn't put up the proverbial siege. Is this season a failure on the European standpoint? I think we learnt a lot in Champions League, like never take any game lightly, and the path in the Europa League was good and we eliminated some opponents with a good pedigree (Trabzonspor, Fiorentina, Olympique Lyonnais). I know we would like to have everything now, but experience matter and this group, and this coach, was only at their second continental campaign.
5.5 Overall Score

Juventus have played a lot worse than this, but they almost always found a way to score. Oblak and Luisao saved Benfica a couple of times, but I think tonight we failed to create super dangerous chances, to put a man one on one with the goalkeeper or free to shoot in the box, even though we went close to a goal. We didn't put up the proverbial siege. Is this season a failure on the European standpoint? I think we learnt a lot in Champions League, like never take any game lightly, and the path in the Europa League was good and we eliminated some opponents with a good pedigree (Trabzonspor, Fiorentina, Olympique Lyonnais). I know we would like to have everything now, but experience matter and this group, and this coach, was only at their second continental campaign.

Buffon
6
Caceres
6.5
Bonucci
6.5
Chiellini
6.5
Lichsteiner
5.5
Pogba
7
Pirlo
6
Vidal
6.5
Asamoah
6
Tevez
6.5
Llorente
5
Giovinco
5.5
Marchisio
6
Osvaldo
6
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  • JuventusVidal

    first!

  • DutchJuve

    Just wanna say i agree about most things said in the ratings and in the overall rating. This season was definitely a european failure, and i hope they have learned from it. But yes, this is only the 2nd time this coach and team play in europe. Hopefully we will take teams like Copenhagen and Nordsjaelland more seriously next season.

    • dinodelfino

      well said mate!

  • JuventusBuffon

    I have a have a feeling that 3/5 of the Juventus Stadium at the final will be filled with Juve fans, and the other 2/5 Benfica and Sevilla.

  • Marc Dominic Zaroli

    After all benfica s play acting if they win rather than all the confetti and stuff we should just toss them the trophy and a party popper then turn off the stadium lights

    • JuventusBuffon

      It’s like “Yay Congratulations! Now get the f*ck out….”

    • Hanna

      that’s what they did 3 years ago when Porto won the league in their stadium

    • dinodelfino

      BENFICA MERDA ALE!

  • JuventusVidal

    Tuttosport says we have agreed a deal for nani. If this is true, someone needs to slap marotta. I cant belive we are going for shit players who bring nothing to the team

    • Peter

      http://www.football-italia.net/48724/juventus-strike-nani-deal
      According to this, we will only pay €5 millions for him, that’s not too bad. He is an attacking winger after all, definitely better than an injured Pepe on the bench, I’m just not sure about his wages.
      We will see.

      • JuventusVidal

        i wouldn’t take him for free. 4mil salary for a guy who can’t do shit. he never tracks back, always tries to do fancy tricks and unlike most good players, he messes up. he only hurts the teams he plays for

        • Marc Dominic Zaroli

          If it’s for a 4-3-3 tracking back isn’t much of an issue. €5million is fine by me, but 4million a year? What the ever living f*ck?!

          • JuventusVidal

            the reason elia and krasic didn’t play in conte’s first season was because they didn’t track back. nani will be a more expensive elia. half the price but almost 4 times the wage.

          • JanJuveNL

            Nani has without a doubt, more quality than those two combined.

          • Hanna

            lol, of course he has

          • JanJuveNL

            Quality, CL experience, used to have a lot of games in one season..

          • JuventusVidal

            more quality but same type of player. lazy and doesn’t track back to defend.

          • JanJuveNL

            I think Conte can change that. Even Robben tracks back these days, especially now there is so much competition. That could help us too, if conte doesn´t get him to do it.

          • dinodelfino

            i agree…..i cant see nani playing in our system,i would of course like it to be a success…but it’s gonna be hard for nani to nail a spot in our team.

          • Marc Dominic Zaroli

            I think it was because elia had a bad attitude and because krasic did nothing but run and fall over.. Neither of those will be issues with nani. I’m not convinced by the deal but I’m not all that against it either.

    • Hanna

      i’m really happy for it

      • JuventusVidal

        terrible player

        • Hanna

          disagree, but don’t forget that till next season

          • JuventusVidal

            all he does is dribble. he’s an incredibly lazy player. he doesn’t track back to help defend, his crossing is poor and his passing isn’t great either

          • Hanna

            ahah, he’s been in low form the last 2 years but what you’re saying is not true at all. his crossings are awesome, but you must have seen and watch all his career matches.

          • JuventusVidal

            i’ve been watching him since 2010. he’s had one good season. a lot of players have one good season but that doesn’t make them good players

          • Hanna

            i don’t think he had only one good season… not even close. you should have seen more of him. but ok, let wait and see, just don’t forget your opinion about him when he starts with the good performances ehehe

          • Marc Dominic Zaroli

            In his first 3 or 4 years at united he did better than Ronaldo (in terms of stats.. I’ll be honest I’ve never watched united) did in his first few years then he kinda dropped off.. He’s not exactly a player I want (lord knows I hope this is a false rumour) but if its true I won’t be too angry and I’ll be willing to give him a chance before I judge

          • Hanna

            i’m not saying that he’s the better winger we can get right now, but i have no doubts he’s a wonderful player and have much hunger to be back at top again, he will work and Conte will make him work

          • JuventusVidal

            he’s an incredibly lazy player. he doesn’t fit into our system.

          • Hanna

            not incredibly, you clearly don’t know him

          • Marc Dominic Zaroli

            He’s not lazy but his defensive contribution is minimal

          • JuventusVidal

            he’s really lazy. even all my utd friends say that.

          • Hanna

            i’m a Juve fan and if i say Llorente is smaller than Gio doesn’t make it true

          • JuventusVidal

            and? just because you like portuguese players doesn’t make them good

          • Hanna

            again, you are showing that you don’t know nothing

          • DutchJuve

            Congrats Moho! You just got the compliment of being a walking dictionary! ”don’t know nothing” means you know everything :D

            @Serious, if United fans say Nani is shit, you better believe them because they have to watch him every week. If they say he’s lazy, they are right because they are annoyed by that.

            Llorente being smaller than Giovinco is going against logic because that’s just not the way it is. Really dumb comparison.

          • DutchJuve

            Do you maybe have with Porguguese players what Marc has with Italian players? Nani is a terrible player who would add nothing to our team.

  • Papilaya(John)™★★★

    Vidal is out for the season as he will undergo surgery and head straight to rehab so he could be fit for the world cup.

    • dinodelfino

      Arturo Vidal ale!!!!!!

    • DutchJuve

      Bah :(

  • dinodelfino

    catania 1-0 roma!!!

    • JuventusVidal

      lol i want roma to win. at least i can get some excitement during the game caused by the small possibility of not winning the title.

    • Marc Dominic Zaroli

      2-1 now, I think Roma may have finally given up! It’s about bloody time!!

      • dinodelfino

        they have put up a fantastic challenge for us this season….iv’e got a soft spot for them deep down i think lol.

        • Marc Dominic Zaroli

          I have too, Totti was my favourite player growing up and I do love De Rossi too so I’ve always been fond of them and if anyone is to challenge us for the title I’ve always wanted it to be them

          • dinodelfino

            Italia legends,the pair of them!…roma have rebuilt brilliantly around them.

          • Marc Dominic Zaroli

            They have actually, its good too see de rossi bring his Italy form out in serie a, I hope he can do it in the CL next season too

          • dinodelfino

            Me too,world cup as well dude!lol italia italia lol

  • dinodelfino

    if roma at least draw today,are we still crowned champions?

    • JuventusVidal

      yea

  • JuventusVidal

    3-1 lol

  • dinodelfino

    SIAMO NOI SIAMO NOI,CAMPIONI D’ITALIA SIAMO NOI!!!

  • JuventusBuffon

    3-1 HAHAHA!!!

  • JuventusVidal

    dammit roma. you wont even let me celebrate a title win properly. WHY YOU DO DIS TO ME?

    • dinodelfino

      LETS EMBRACE IT DUDE,OVER THE COURSE OF THE SEASON WE HAVE GROUND THEM DOWN,BROKE THERE BACKS,THEY GOT UNDONE TODAY BY BOTTOM OF THE LEAGUE!!!!

      • JuventusVidal

        lol true

  • Marc Dominic Zaroli

    All I want to see now is genoa win and it’ll be the perfect Sunday of football for me (assuming everything stays as it it for the other teams) oh and go milan

    • DutchJuve

      Genoa win? Why? Bologna must stay!

  • dinodelfino

    JUVE JUVE JUVE ALE ALE ALE ALE JUVE JUVE

  • JuventusBuffon

    Siamo noi! Siamo noi!!!! Il campioni d’Italia siamo noi!!!!!!

  • dinodelfino

    CAMPIONE D’ITALIA!!!!!!!

  • Marc Dominic Zaroli

    Great.. Now all our players are gonna be hungover for tomorrow

  • Bianconeri_Archer_PH

    hope we still perform at our best tomorrow. have nothing play for except that 100 point tally!

    • dinodelfino

      conte will demand it dude,we will be fine!!!!

  • dinodelfino

    BUZZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! disappointed the other night i know,what a way to bounce back from that!!!!TRE STELLE TRE STELLE TRE STELLE……deal with it haters…..we got it offficial OFFICIAL NOW!!!!JUVE JUVE JUVE JUVE

    • Marc Dominic Zaroli

      Hopefully we put those 3 stars on our strip next season too!

      • dinodelfino

        we gotta,surely??

  • dinodelfino

    SIIIIIIIIIIAAAAAAAMMMMMMOOOOOOOOOOOOO NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!GRAZIE RAGGAZZI

  • JuventusBuffon

    Haven’t stopped hopping up and down in a about 15min, Party time boyzzzz!!!!!! JUVE JUVE JUVE JUVE JUVE JUVE JUVE JUVE JUVE JUVE JUVE JUVE JUVE JUVE JUVE JUVE JUVE JUVE JUVE!!!!

  • JuventusBuffon

    I demand that this photo be everyone’s phone background for at least 32 days hahahaa!!!

    • Marc Dominic Zaroli

      Vidal looks special needs in that picture

      • JuventusBuffon

        Well he is special… in a way lol

  • JuventusVidal

    Marotta: We’ll look to improve the team but we must keep FFP in mind so there won’t be any big spending.

    Lol when have we ever spent big beppe? Also, fyi, nani isnt considered as “improve the team”

    • JuventusBuffon

      Lol we’re the last team that needs to keep FFP in mind, when was the last time we even spent 30mil?

      • DutchJuve

        Still it will always need to be kept in mind. I can’t wait for it to finally be put into work.

  • JuventusVidal

    Lets take a moment to congratulate simone padoin. He has now won as many scudettos as roma have won in their entire history and won more scudettos than lazio, napoli, and fiorentina have won in their history. #Legend

    • DutchJuve

      Star player……

  • JuventusVidal

    Dammit I forgot the pic